Cairo Santos

Buccaneers Sign K Cairo Santos

The Buccaneers waived Chandler Catanzaro earlier today, and are replacing him by signing kicker Cairo Santos, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).

Catanzaro was cut earlier today after missing two of his three field goal attempts in the team’s loss to the Redskins yesterday. The Buccaneers are in the midst of a three game losing streak, and their patience with Catanzaro finally wore too thin. Catanzaro has already missed a number of kicks this season, but the team elected to stick with him each time.

Santos spent a few weeks with the Rams earlier this year while Greg Zuerlein nursed a groin injury, and has now found a home in Tampa Bay. Santos was with the Jets earlier this offseason, but was released back in August. Once one of the league’s better kickers, groin injuries derailed Santos’ career.

An undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Tulane, Santos spent a little over three seasons as the Chiefs’ kicker. After re-aggravating a groin injury early in the 2017 season he was placed on injured reserve and eventually replaced by Harrison Butker, who ended up taking his job in Kansas City.

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NFL Workout Updates: 10/26/18

Here are today’s reported tryouts:

Denver Broncos

  • P Brock Miller

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Saints have had some injuries on the defensive line recently, so it makes sense why they’d bring in this group. With this large of an amount of players brought in, they will likely be signing someone soon. The Buccaneers are clearly evaluating their kicking options after Chandler Catanzaro has struggled to start the year. He made a game-winning 59-yard field goal in overtime last week, but missed an extra point and a 40-yarder at the end of regulation before that. Both Ficken and Santos have kicked for the Rams this season.

Colts To Work Out Kickers

Kai Forbath, Cairo Santos, and Taylor Bertolet are among the kickers working out for the Colts on Tuesday, sources tell Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). One of these players may wind up filling in for Adam Vinatieri as he recovers from a groin issue.

Vinatieri’s status for Sunday’s game is murky, so the Colts want to have a kicker at the ready in case he is unable to suit up. After Vinatieri missed two extra point tries against the Bills – something he hadn’t done before in his 23-year career – the Colts probably don’t want to trot him out there if he’s still hurt.

We just know he felt a little something on the first PAT, so we are just going to see how the week progresses,” head coach Frank Reich said this week (via Michael Marot of The Associated Press). “We’re going to bring in some kickers, just so you guys know, but we are not going to make any decisions until later.”

Forbath and Santos offer extensive NFL experience, while the 25-year-old Bertolet is still waiting for his first kick in a real NFL game.

Rams Release K Cairo Santos

To make room for the addition of wide receiver Nick Williams, the Rams cut kicker Cairo Santos. This likely signals Greg Zuerlein will be ready to return this week.

Santos served as Los Angeles’ kicker for the past two games, making 5 of 6 field goal attempts and 5 of 6 extra points. While it’s possible the Rams could seek another replacement kicker, in the event Zuerlein still isn’t ready to come back, Sean McVay‘s hinted at his top kicker being on the cusp of a return from his groin injury for multiple weeks now.

Santos played three seasons with the Chiefs, but a groin injury he sustained during warmups before a game in Los Angeles last season sidetracked his career. The Chiefs soon added current kicker Harrison Butker, and Santos — who did kick in two games for the Bears last season as well — has not been able to land a full-time gig since.

The Brazilian specialist took over Zuerlein-fill-in duties from Sam Ficken, whom the Rams cut earlier this season. Zuerlein has now missed five of the Rams’ six games since suffering an injury that kept him out of Week 2.

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Rams To Sign K Cairo Santos

The Rams will sign kicker Cairo Santos, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). Santos will just be holding down the fort until Greg Zierlein returns from injury, but it’s an opportunity for Santos to kick again after a lengthy layoff.

Santos is dealing with a groin problem, which has been a recurring issue for him throughout his career. The Jets were high on Santos when they signed him in March, but they bailed on him in August when the situation did not improve.

In 2017, Santos missed most of training camp with the Chiefs due to his chronic groin injury and he later aggravated the injury in Week 3. He signed with the Bears after his release, but the same problem landed him on IR.

The Brazilian specialist finished last season with the Bears, kicking in three games. The 26-year-old (27 in November) made 31 of his 35 field goal tries during his last full slate with the Chiefs in 2016.

Rams To Release K Sam Ficken

The Rams are releasing kicker Sam Ficken and intend to sign another veteran to kick until Greg Zuerlein is recovered from his groin injury, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The kicker auditions will include veterans Cairo Santos and Kai Forbath, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.

Ficken, 25, took over for an injured Zuerlein at the tail end of the 2017 regular season and called upon to do the same thing this year. Unfortunately, he’s struggled in his two games, making just one of three field goal tries. The Rams are 4-0, but missed field goals could obviously cost them down the line.

Santos has historically been a solid kicker, but he’s dealt with a nagging groin injury for more than a year. Forbath, meanwhile, was released by the Vikings in August losing out to rookie Daniel Carlson. In 2017, Forbath converted 32-of-38 field goal attempts (including six-of-nine from 50+ yards), and his 84.2 accuracy percentage ranked 16th in the NFL.

NFL Workout Updates: 9/25/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit, all links going to NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted.

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers

New England Patriots

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

  • C Dillon Day, T Gerhard de Beer, T Christian DiLauro, DT David Parry (link)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • T Christian DiLauro (link)

Tennessee Titans

Browns Expected To Replace K Zane Gonzalez

Zane Gonzalez had a performance to forget against the Saints on Sunday, so the Browns are now auditioning free agent kickers Blair Walsh and Cairo Santos, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (Twitter link). Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link) was the first to report Cleveland was expected to change kickers.

Gonzalez was dreadful in Week 2, as he missed two field goals, including a 53-yarder that would have sent the game to overtime, and two extra points, including one that would have given the Browns a one-point lead with less than 90 seconds remaining. Cleveland, of course, was searching for its first victory since the 2016 season. A seventh-round pick in 2017, Gonzalez converted 75% of his field goal attempts and 25-of-26 of his extra points during his rookie campaign.

Both Walsh and Santos come with their own problems. Walsh has dealt with accuracy issues throughout his career, and was cut by the Seahawks after hitting only 72.4% of his field goals in 2017. Santos has historically been the better kicker, but he’s dealt with a nagging groin injury for more than a year.

One name who has yet to be linked to the Browns is veteran Dan Bailey, who was released by the Cowboys at final cutdowns. Per Darren Wolfson of KSTP (Twitter link), Bailey has recently turned down offers from four clubs as he waits for the “right opportunity,” one that may include suiting up for a contender.

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Jets To Release K Cairo Santos

The Jets will release kicker Cairo Santos on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. The move was expected after the Jets claimed Jason Myers off waivers to join Taylor Bertolet on the depth chart. 

Santos is dealing with a groin problem, which has been a recurring issue for him throughout his career. The Jets were high on Santos when they signed him in March, but as one source told Schefter, the Jets “just haven’t been able to see enough of him.”

Last year, he missed most of training camp with the Chiefs due to his chronic groin injury and he later aggravated the injury in Week 3. He signed with the Bears after his release, but the same problem landed him on IR.

The Jets also auditioned Kai Forbath on Wednesday, so they might not be done shuffling kickers.

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Jets Claim K Jason Myers Off Waivers

Former Seahawks kicker Jason Myers was claimed by the Jets on Tuesday afternoon, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Myers was released by Seattle on Monday.

The Jets appeared to be set with Cairo Santos as their kicker, but it sounds like his chronic groin injury has become a serious problem. It’s been an issue for him in the past. In 2017, he missed most of training camp with the Chiefs with the same ailment, then subsequently aggravated the injury in Week 3, leading to his release. Then, he hooked on with the Bears, but the same issue landed him on injured reserve.

Myers was with the Jaguars from 2015 through the first six games of the 2017 season. He was released after missing three pivotal field goals, though they were all from 52 yards or longer. All in all, he connected on 64-of-79 field goal attempts (81%) and 76-of-88 extra points (86.4%) in 38 games with the Jags. This offseason, he hooked on with the Seahawks, but he was ultimately displaced by Sebastian Janikowski.

The Jets also have kicker Taylor Bertolet on the roster and it’s unlikely that they’ll carry three kickers for long. It stands to reason that Santos will be released rather quickly.